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I made lemon drizzle cake on Thursday night, using a different recipe to my usual. I'm trying out a selection of lemon cake recipes to find the ultimate! Thursdays was my favourite so far, I think. It's a Mary Berry recipe, though I tinkered a bit with the lemon syrup for the topping and varied the tin from that stated.

225g softened butter (I used about 100g butter and made the rest up with margarine as I'd run out of butter)
225g caster sugar
275g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
4 tbsp milk (I wasn't exact with this, just sloshed some in until I thought the consistency looked right)
grated zest of two lemons (big unwaxed ones)

For the topping: juice of the two lemons, 175g granulated sugar (I used half and half caster and icing sugar)

Cut a rectangle of non-stick baking parchment to fit the base and sides of a 30 x 23 x 4 cm roasting tin. Grease the tin and line with the paper, pushing it neatly into the corners of the tin.Preheat the oven to 160C/gas 2. (I used a 20cm square cake tin, lined)

Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl nd beat well for two minutes until well blended. (I did the classic cream the butter and sugar, then add eggs, then flour and lemon zest method)

Turn into the prepared tin, levelling the top gently with a plastic spatula.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the cake springs back when lightly pressed and is beginning to shrink away from the edges of the tin. (Mine needed 45 minutes, with the oven turned up to gas 3 for the last ten minutes)

Leave the cake to cool for a few minutes then remove it from the tin and place it on a wire rack.

Mix the lemon juice and sugar in a small bowl and spoon over cake while it is still just warm. Cut into squares when cold and store in an airtight tin. (I had made the syrup while the cake was baking and left it on the hob where it warmed slightly and the sugar melted. My topping wasn't crunchy but soaked thoroughly through the cake)

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Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm
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That would be the centre of my banana muffins. Following a recipe from Nigella Lawson's How To Be a Domestic Goddess I've discovered that it's singularly unsuccessful.

Ingredients: butter, honey, vanilla extract, bananas, plain flour, bicarb, baking powder, cinnamon, salt. Result = overcooked on the outside, sunken in the middle soggy heaps of greyish-brown banana gloop.

In their defence, the taste is nice, the texture, however, is revolting. Not a recipe I'll try again.

I thought at the time that there wasn't sufficient flour and fat but as I had three very overripe bananas I thought they were worth a go and muffins are easier to take to work and dish out than slices of banana loaf. Mistake. Delia Smith's banana bread is much better.

There are some breakfast bars, also from a Nigella recipe, in the oven - they should be more successful though as I've made them several times before.

Now should I go and quickly dash up a few cheese scones? I had all the ingredients out but then Amelia decided she'd had enough of my preoccupation with the oven and wanted a cuddle and a feed.
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Scones made with buttermilk are the pinnacle of tastiness. Far, far better than mere milk for flavour and texture. Dinner is pasta bake (sort of Mediterranean inspiration with courgettes, aubergines, tomatoe, peppers, onions, with turkey mince and conchiglie) but I'm not sure we'l be hungry if we keep nibbling at the scones. We [livejournal.com profile] whirlywitchette and I) made both fruit and cheese scones and had quite a bit of fun in so doing :)

Last night I was pottering about on the computer and listening to some Regina Spektor on myspace when it occured to me that it was about time for a new Tori Amos album. I know I looked about Christmas time but I don't remember ever seeing a release date for the new album. Anyway, it's coming out tomorrow here in the UK. It's already floating about on usenet, and there are some tracks to listen to on Amos's myspace page. I whiled away a pleasant half hour before bed reading about the album on Wikipedia and reading some of the blogs of the album's voices.

We went swimming today so R has been eating almost constantly since we came out of the pool. No surprise there!

Last night was the most rubbish sleep I've had in a while. I can't blame wine as I didn't have all that much and it was a very nice shiraz. It wasn't Sunday so I didn't have my usual Sunday night pre-work worry - I just slept badly. R came into the bed at about 3am so that was the rest of the night kaput as she kicked like a donkey until she got up.

My colleague K had a bizarre dream the other night where the two of us were working in a used clothes shop/charity shop. Pamela Anderson came into the shop and donated a load of clothes and apparently we were really worried about these clothes as we thought they'd be all high legged red swimsuits. They were all lovely clothes though, and K and I wanted to buy some nice shirts and blouses but they were priced at £100 each and neither of us could afford them...says K, 'Does that mean we are underpaid?'

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